Business Process Analysis (BPA) is a methodology for the analysis of a business with a view to understanding the processes and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations. It describes the processes involved, parties participating, information exchanged and documents produced.
BPA is broadly applied by major companies in various consulting services and implementation solutions. Trade facilitation projects and the public sector can benefit from this preliminary work.
Benefits of BPA
Business process analysis can be used to achieve the following:
- To document implicit knowledge, capture and record manual and sometimes non-documented processes, i.e. process manuals for both private and public sectors
- To analyse individual actions, documents and data involved in international trade, which jointly or individually involve commercial, transport, regulatory and financial procedures
- To locate problematic areas that cause delays in moving goods from seller to buyer across borders, such as unnecessary forms and documents and repetitive data elements
- To identify opportunities for improvements, such as reducing the number of trade documents and minimizing data requirements